[Pkg-fonts-devel] ttf-bitstream-vera should not have been removed
keithp at keithp.com
Thu Jun 25 17:38:27 UTC 2009
On Thu, 2009-06-25 at 11:56 +0200, Daniel Baumann wrote:
> Josselin Mouette wrote:
> > Given Keith’s reaction, he’ll probably volunteer to maintain it if
> > Daniel doesn’t want to do it anymore. I’m also CCing pkg-fonts in case
> > people want to jump on the occasion to team-maintain it instead.
> i don't want to sound ignorrant, but for me, there's really no point in
> having bitstream arround anymore. if there are some things that needs to
> be improved in dejavu (which i apparently don't know as i don't use it
> in such cases), then we should just help upstream to acchieve this.
> there should be enough time to do that until squeeze is due.
The main 'improvement' that should be made in dejavu is to remove glyphs
which are not part of the core latin set; mixing multiple character sets
into a single font precludes people from choosing a more suitable face
for non-Latin languages. Also, most of the added glyphs do not have the
same quality of hinting as the original set, which makes them less
desirable on the screen.
I'm all for filling out the Latin set in Vera, but mixing in lower
quality glyphs and glyphs for other character sets is irresponsible.
> if someone now wants to re-introduce ttf-bitstream-vera, i'm sad because
> dejavu is really the way to go, however, whoever wants to do that, feel
> free to.
keith.packard at intel.com
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